The Covid-19 vaccine is now available to over-18s

The Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZenica COVID-19 vaccines are now being rolled out across Camden to eligible groups. Mass vaccination hubs are offering appointment to everyone aged 18 or over. You can learn more and book here.

The latest information on benefits and risks of the Astra Zeneca vaccination can be found here.

The rest of this page provides details about vaccination at Camden GP Hubs. We are currently inviting all over-18s and younger adults who have conditions that put them at increased risk, as well as those who received a first dose from us and are now due their second dose. The roll out is our top priority, and local practices – working together – have already vaccinated 80,000+ of our most vulnerable residents. But with many thousands more to cover, it is likely to take several months to reach everyone who is eligible.

THERE ARE NO WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINICS and those without an appointment will be turned away. Special rules apply to the following groups:

  • Housebound patients: A separate vaccination programme for housebound patients is being organised by the community nursing service. If you are registered with us as housebound then your details have already been passed to their appointment team who will arrange a home visit in the coming weeks.
  • Individuals with severe reactions to medications: Some patients may not be eligible for the vaccine, for example if they have a history of severe allergic reaction to multiple medications, or take warfarin but have an INR out of range. These patients will be contacted separately.
  • Those who have been vaccinated in the last 7 days: anyone receiving a vaccination of any sort in the last seven days (including tetanus and influenza) will need to wait a full week before they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

You can find out more about the UK COVID-19 vaccination programme here. Read on to learn how appointments are arranged and which patients will be eligible for vaccination.

How will I get my appointment?

In Camden, GP practices have collaborated to open several vaccination sites across the borough, aimed at vaccinating our most vulnerable patients. These include The Peckwater Centre (next door to our practice in Kentish Town) and The Rec Club on Fleet Road behind The Royal Free Hospital. A booking system is in place: those who meet the government’s criteria will be invited to book an appointment (see Am I eligible? below) – please remember that walk-in vaccinations are not available. Much larger ‘mass vaccination’ sites are also open across London – they prioritise by age only and booking are available here. Eligible patients are likely to receive offers to book appointments from both local and mass vaccination services and can safely attend either.

A central vaccination team for North Camden has been tasked with contacting patients for all practices in the area. When vaccines are delivered, the central team contact eligible patients by text, sending a link to those with a mobile number on our records that allows them to book an appointment online. They follow up quickly (usually on the same day) with a telephone call to the patient’s registered landline and, where no phone number is registered, contact them by post. They will contact you only when vaccine stocks are available – please be patient at times when we are waiting to receive a further delivery.

With many thousands of people to be vaccinated, The Caversham’s own reception team can only answer questions from those currently eligible to be vaccinated who are unable to book online or have not been contacted by the central team. If you are not yet eligible or are registered as housebound then please wait to be contacted and DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE. This web page is the most up-to-date source of information about vaccination for our patients and we update it daily with information on eligibility and appointment availability (see next section).

Current availability

This section was last updated on 18th June.

Current eligible groups:

  • Over-18s, care home residents and staff, frontline NHS and social care staff, all adults classified as ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ including those additional people asked to shield by the government in February 2021.
  • We are also offering vaccination to people in Group 6, including those over 16 with underlying health conditions (see the group definitions below), the homeless, carers and those with learning difficulties or significant mental illness. This is a large group and will take time – once we have reached everyone we can, we will then ask you to contact the practice if you’ve not yet received an invite. Until then, please wait for your invitation.
  • We are also contacting patients who were given a first dose by us 12 weeks ago, to arrange their second dose. Please wait to be contacted by text and telephone, just as before.

Appointment availablity: We regularly recieve deliveries of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines, but notice is short and vaccine availblility varies day-to-day. You can use the booking link we send you to view current availbility. Note that, for your second dose, the link will only allow you to view and book appointments for the the same vaccine you received for your first dose.

When all appointments are booked, you can still help by ensuring we have an up-to-date mobile number on your record and that you are not registered as housebound if you can attend in person.

IF YOU ARE NOT IN AN ELIGIBLE GROUP, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE PRACTICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT A VACCINATION APPOINTMENT as staff will have no additional information and your call will delay them helping others.

Will I be eligible for vaccination?

The government has divided the population into groups based on those at greatest risk of the most serious complications of COVID-19, and have instructed us to vaccinated these groups in that order.

The groups are as follows:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults, and care home staff
  2. All those 80 years of age and over, and frontline health & social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. Group A: All those 70 years of age and over
    Group B: Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals i.e. those instructed to shield by the government, or with certain medical conditions. Click here to and scroll down to read the government’s ‘Definition of clinically extremely vulnerable groups’.
  5. All those 65 years of age and over – including those with underlying health conditions (see group 6 below for details)
  6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality. Click here to and scroll down to read the government’s definition of ‘Persons with underlying health conditions’.
    Group 6 also also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, and those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
  7. All those 60 years of age and over
  8. All those 55 years of age and over
  9. All those 50 years of age and over

The government aims to vaccinate all UK adults with a first dose by the end of July 2021.

With many millions to vaccinate in the UK, production of the vaccines only just underway and further vaccines awaiting regulatory approval, it may be several months before everyone in the UK is fully vaccinated. In the meantime, we can still protect ourselves and each other by following social distancing guidelines. You can remind yourself of these here.